Newburyport High Street Mile Announces Elite Field

For Immediate Release

Chris Kealey
President Winners Circle Running Club, Director High Street Mile

Newburyport High Street Mile announces elite field

July 30th 2008, Newburyport MA

New England’s oldest continuously run road miles, the Newburyport High Street Mile, announces its elite field.

Among the top athletes who have committed to running in this year’s race is Amy Mortimer.  Mortimer, fresh off a 5th place finish (4:14) at the 1500 Meter Olympic Trials finals, has committed to running.  Another RunProvidence elite athlete making the trip is Kurt Benninger.  Benninger recently graduated from Notre Dame where he ran a 3:39 in the 1500.  Massachusetts phenom Nate Jenkins, the top finisher from the Northeast in the Marathon Trials (7th,2:14:56), has also committed to run.  A late entry may be Sean Quigley.  Quigley, currently running for Puma, ran 9th at the 10,000 Meters trials finals in Eugene (28:21).   Quigley recently competed in London (IAAF meet) where he ran a personal best of 7:50 in the 3000.

Other top elite athletes include:

Abyiot Endale – former HSM winner, 3:58 @ 2007 5th Avenue Mile
Shadrack Kijai – 29:23 10K
Beau Bettinger –  Chico State NCAA D2 standout 3:49 1500
Claudia Carmargo- former HSM winner, top 10 @ NYC Marathon
Brandee Boice  – New Balance Boston
Brett Ely – former HSM winner and Olympic Marathons Trials runner
Paul Mwangi  – Master, former 3:51 miler, recently ran 14:55 in 5K as a Master

This year’s race will offer incentives for the winner of the men’s open race to crack the elusive 4 minute mile.  The men’s winner, if they break the course record and go under 4 minutes, will take home $1000 in prize money.  The time for women to beat is 4:30.  The prize money break-out for the top 3 in the Male and Female races is $400, $300, and $200 respectively.

“It is extremely exciting to have this level of elite athletes committed to running.‰âÂVbCrLf says race director Chris Kealey “It will be a very exciting race on both the men’s and women’s side‰âÂVbCrLf

One of Kealey’s main goals since taking over the race in 2005 was to attract runners capable of running sub 4 minutes for men and sub 4:30 for women.  This year’s field certainly has the ability to deliver that.

The race is a USATF certified mile.  The 16 foot point to point elevation drop should aid runners in their pursuit of the sub 4 minute mile.  However, that barrier has proved elusive over the race’s 18 year history.

“We have had many runners that have run at 4 minutes or better on the track or other courses but our course, despite the slight drop, is tough‰âÂVbCrLf says Kealey.  “I believe it has to do with hitting the tangents correctly.  The tendency is to hug the curb like a track. That adds many feet over the length of the course‰âÂVbCrLf

This year’s event will be held Sunday August 3rd @ 10 AM on High Street in historic Newburyport MA.  For more information contact race director Chris Kealey at 978.270.6854 or Chris Kealey   Race Details

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